Public Architectural Competitions in Israel - a Double-edged Sword?

Design contests are considered a springboard to personal success, but they are nevertheless an inexhaustible source of friction and entanglement, with recurrent complaints over defects and shortcomings, and even corruption.

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The metaphoric wastepaper basket of architecture in Israel − and elsewhere − is full of blueprints that won public architectural competitions yet were not built. Even though vast amounts of talent, effort and...